Meet May’s KFM Teacher of the Month

May’s KFM Teacher of the Month is Madeline Wood, a band instructor at the United School District in Monmouth. Madeline was nominated by Alisa Gillen, who’s son is a student in Madeline’s class. As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Madeline receives the Big Red Apple Award along with a $100 gift card and other gifts courtesy of Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Cooks & Company and 105.3 KFM. Here’s a little bit about Madeline:

Where did you grow up? Sleepy Hollow, Illinois
Years teaching: 7 1/2
Favorite Subject Growing Up: Music
Favorite Food: Jello
Least Favorite Food: Peaches
My Favorite Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
My Favorite TV Show: All of Netflix
My Favorite Book: I read 50 books a year. Can’t picka favorite
My Favorite Sports Team: United Golf Team
During My Spare Time I Like To: Coaching golf

Here’s what Alisa had to say about Madeline:

What sets this teacher apart from others?
Mrs. Wood is a selfless teacher always looking for the best in every student. I can honestly say I think she’s a super hero. Madeline Wood always puts her students first. I feel she is there cheerleader for them ,pushing them to achieve success. Mrs. Wood believes in her students when they may not believe in themselves. No question is to big or small and works with the kids to find the best avenue for them.

What is one thing this teacher does that is not in their job description but they do it anyway to help you or your child?
I’m not sure if Mrs. Wood sleeps. I find it amazing how she accomplishes so much on a daily basis. Mrs. Wood coaches speech, she’s the golf coach, she teaches junior high band as well as high school band. Mind you this also includes regular band, marching band and jazz band. Never once has Mrs. Wood said no to an extra lesson wether it be before school, after school, or in the evening. Mrs. Wood always makes time for her students. I feel blessed to have her teaching at United. Mrs. Wood makes herself available for questions. She is approachable and makes you feel great about yourself. She is always building you up not tearing you down. Mrs. Wood is always searching for instruments that she can purchase with her own money so kids can play them. My son is using one of her clarinets now until I can get his fixed. My son tried out for the ILMEA this year and was chosen first chair for division 2 for both clarinet and tenor saxophone. I can’t tell you how many hours she poured into teaching him the new music required as well as the scales. I feel the students bring out the best in her and in return she brings out the best in them. Mrs. Wood is truly amazing and we are so blessed to have her in our lives. The other day she told me that when my son goes to high school, her goal is to keep him busy so that he could have a 5 page resume when he goes off to college so he can get scholarships. Again just another way she is always looking out for the interests of her students. I not only think she should get the Big Red Apple award for this month, but she should be nominated for teacher of the year.

Give an example of a way this teacher has helped or impacted you or your child
Mrs. Wood began teaching my son Grant Gillen in the 6th grade. I remember my son coming home on the first day of band class and he was in awe of her. Grant told me he already learned more about his clarinet in one day with Mrs Wood than the entire 5th grade year with the previous teacher. He said she told him she was a band geek and loved what she does. My son has be under Mrs. Wood tutelage now for 3 years. She has taught Grant how to play 3 different instruments. He plays clarinet, tenor saxophone, and trumpet. Who does that? Seriously think about it. If it were anyone else they would say sorry I just don’t have the time to teach you more than one instrument. Not Mrs. Wood my son came up to her and asked if he could learn another instrument and she said of course what would you like to try. My son has excelled in band and Mrs. Wood makes him strive to be excellent. Madeline believed in my son to try out for a scholarship last summer for extra lessons and he won it.

Congratulations Madeline Wood, May’s KFM Teacher of the Month from Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Cooks & Company and 105.3 KFM.

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